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Annual Crusader hamburger scrimmage set for Thursday

Sumner Newscow report — The annual Crusader hamburger scrimmage will be held Thursday. The schedule is as follows:

Volleyball: Gatorade/water scrimmage.
-Scrimmage at WHS starting at 4:30 p.m.
-Gatorade and water donations will be accepted for the girls road trips.

Football: Hamburger Scrimmage
-Middle School start at 5:30 to 6 p.m.

-Group Stretch at 6 p.m., youth, middle, and high school.

Many awards given at the annual Wellington Sailfish awards banquet

Sumner Newscow report — The following were awards presented and the announcement of records that were broken during the swim season at the Wellington Swim Team Sailfish banquet held earlier this month.

Jensen Lynnes

Sailfish Award: Jensen Lynnes.

Coaches Choice: Timothy Tracy, Cat Green, Ty Zani, Cole Wiens, Kierstyn Gregory, Makena Wylie.

Most improved: Gus Wins.

First year swimmer: Hank Shinliver.

Sailfish Spirit Award: Owen Camblin.

Big time cuts: Overall – Megan Davis, 100.31s.

8 and under: Kenneth Dockery, 77.83s, Sophie Cornejo – 74.22s.

9-10: Rome Hunt – 70.3s, Ellie McComb – 21.62s.

Figure 8, Demolition Derby brings out 41 cars for the weekend in Caldwell

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Fair Association held its annual race events weekend on August 18-19 at the arena at the west edge of Caldwell.  Scott York and Lee Day were the big winners.

Twenty-one cars participated in the Figure 8 race run on Friday evening.

Four preliminary heats of 10 laps each were run; top two finishers in these heats qualified for the finals.  Heat qualifiers were Tony Russell, Robert Wilson, Chad Reed, Day Ryan, Scott York, Adam Andes, Preston Keys and Scott Biddle.

A 15 lap consolation heat was run after the preliminary heats, and the top two finishers in this heat, Jace and Tucker Drany, also qualified for the final heat.  Tucker Drany had to bow out of the finals, Lawrence Kablinger who finished third in the consolation heat was called to participate in the finals.  The final race was a twenty lap race with ten drivers hoping to place in the money. 

WHS football team has 50 to 60 players out as it embarks on 2017 campaign

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Second year Wellington High School head football coach Zane Aguilar said he has about 50 to 60 players out this season. The Crusaders officially opened the 2017 campaign — as did all Kansas High Schools — Monday morning.

‘It is not great, but it is not horrible,” Aguilar said of the numbers. “I think it has been about average the last couple of years.”

Aguilar said he has around 10 seniors out this season and a larger sophomore and junior class. He has 15 freshmen which isn’t good but still manageable.

Last year, Wellington’s dearth of numbers in the junior and senior ranks was an issue and the Crusaders were unable to field a junior varsity unit. Instead, it became more of a freshman-JV squad. Wellington was not alone, as many other Class 4A schools were having similar participation problems. Suffice it to say, the recent concerns over concussions has been affecting high school, middle schools and youth football programs nationwide. Wellington is no exception.

Wellington Athletic Director Luke Smith confirmed there were just 10 seventh graders out for football at the first day of practice Monday. Smith said they are looking for more participants. Otherwise, for the first time in history, the Knights are considering one middle school team.

Wellington High School fall season officially starts Monday for five teams

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2017-18 school year is right around the corner, and the accompanying sports season is even closer. Wellington High School practice starts Monday as well for Wellington Middle School teams and high school and middle school teams across Sumner County. Remember, athletes must have a physical, signed by a physician and parent/guardian.

Wellington High School football

Here is a pre-season schedule for the WHS football program:

Saturday, August 11 – Conditioning drills – 8 a.m.

Monday, August 14 – Two-a-day football practices begin, morning at 6:30 a.m., afternoon practice times TBA.

Thursday, August 17  – First full day of pads for practice.

Saturday, August 18 – Scrimmage at the high school, starts in the morning at high school facility, 8 a.m.

Thursday, August 24 – Crusader Wellington High School scrimmage. Times TBA. 6 p.m.

WHS football game schedule (all games start on Friday at 7 p.m.):

Wellington Cross Country practice for grades 6-12 starts Monday

Sumner Newscow report — The 2017 Wellington Cross Country practice for grades 6-12, boys and girls starts Monday, August 14 at 8 a.m. 

First practice begins near the track area, behind the middle school.  The Cross Country team will finish practice at the 9th street practice field, north of the football field. 

Athletes MUST have a physical, signed by a physician and parent/guardian. 

Any questions please call Coach Wallace 326-5235 or Coach Day 326-6129.

WHS Grad Alex Weiss named ‘Most Inspirational Player’ at NBC World Series after brief bout with cancer

Alex Weiss received the 2017 NBC Baseball Tournament award for Most Inspirational Player. He is with his dad and mom, Rick and Robin Weiss.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Alex Weiss, a 2013 Wellington High School graduate, was the recipient of the 2017 NBC World Series Most Inspirational Player Saturday evening.

Alex Weiss

Weiss, the son of Rick and Robin Weiss of Argonia, said the award came as a total surprise. He said he wasn’t even paying attention when his name was announced over the loud speaker at Lawrence Dumont Stadium. Weiss is a member of the Hays Larks, which finished third in the NBC World Series.

It has been quite a journey for Weiss, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this spring. And much like baseball, sometimes life can give you a lucky break.

Weiss was just starting his senior year as a third baseman for the Fort Hays State Tigers when he noticed something was not right.

Alex Weiss is a two-year starter for the Hays Larks.

“It was almost an accident I even found it,” Weiss said. “I called my mom (who works as a nurse at Sumner Family Care Center) and she told me to go to the doctor the next day.”

Talk about urgent healthcare. The doctor diagnosed him with testicular cancer in the morning and Weiss was in surgery that afternoon.

“I was told if I had waited even a week later, it would have been all bad,” Weiss said. “They got it at the right time.”

Wellington Heat eliminated from NBC World Series with 7-5 loss to Mulvane

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat lost to the Mulvane Pilots 7-5 Thursday evening and were eliminated from the NBC World Series Baseball Tournament.

The Heat needed to win this game to advance to the single elimination Championship quarterfinal bracket. Wellington finished 1-2 in the tournament.

The Heat finished the season at 45-7 and won the Kansas Collegiate Conference Championship. 

The Wellington Heat loses to San Diego Waves, battles Mulvane in must-win game Thursday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat lost Tuesday night 8-7 against the San Diego Waves in the NBC World Series at Lawrence Dumont Stadium.

In order to make the championship quarterfinals, it comes down to Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. The Heat will be battling the Mulvane Patriots. The winner of the game advances to Friday Night’s NBC World Series Quarter Finals. Loser goes home.

Wellington opened with a 7-3 win over the USA National Team. 

Wellington Heat makes NBC World Series debut with 7-3 victory over USA National

Sumner Newscow report — The Welington Heat won their first game of the 2017 NBC Tournament with a 7-3 victory over the USA National Team Sunday evening.

The Heat stroked out 11 hits to USA’s 6. They committed two errors, while USA had none.

Wellington’s next game is Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. against the San Diego Waves.

Heat’s overall record is 44-5.

Busy sports summer: Heat, Hawks, Babe Ruth, Rebels, football camp, disc golf, Wheat Run, and Great Race

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Some would argue that this is the slowest time of the year when it comes to sports. But it has been a busy couple of weeks in sports for area athletes. Here are 10 things going on as far as the local sports scene goes…

This Wellington Heat player was safe during a critical juncture of last week’s tournament championship win over the Valley Center Mud Daubers. The Heat will be starting its NBC World Series run this weekend.

1. Wellington Heat set sights on NBC.

Fresh off clinching the Kansas Collegiate Baseball Tournament championship last week, the Heat are playing the Liberal Bee Jays, an old Jayhawk Conference foe this Tuesday and Wednesday.

This will be a tune up for the NBC World Series that starts for the Heat on Championship Week, July 29- August 6.

Wellington open Sunday at 7 p.m. against the USA National Team at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Fourteen teams have qualified for Championship week with two first round winners still left to be determined.

Should be an interesting week of baseball for the Heat, who come in the tournament with a 38-5 record not counting the Liberal games.  The Heat my see the likes of the Kansas Stars, a group of former major leaguers, and last year winners the Santa Barbara, Calif. Foresters.

Each team is guaranteed three games in pool play. If the Heat make the top four in pull play it will then play in the eight-team championship bracket starting Friday, August 4.

For the NBC World Series bracket click here. For more information about the Heat click here.


Hanna Hawks wins the Kansas Women’s Golf Association Junior Championship.

2. Hanna Hawks is state champion.

Hanna Hawks, daughter of Steve and Traci Hawks of Wellington, won the Kansas Women’s Golf Association Junior Championship at Salina Country Club on July 17-18.

Wellington Swim Team finishes up season with league finals

by Allison McCue, Wellington swim team coach — The season for the Wellington Sailfish has officially come to a close as they competed in League Finals the past weekend against seven teams in their conference. Outstanding results were posted across the board for many swimmers on the team.

The two-day event took place in El Dorado with Wellington bringing home many ribbons and medals for the athletes. The weather was cooperative (whoop whoop!) and luckily there were no 105 degree days with no wind.

Jensen Lynnes

The cool water at the meet served as a catalyst for the swimmers and many – once again – obtained those best time tickets. A huge congrats to Jensen Lynnes who broke the Wellington Swim Team 11-12 girls 100 free record at the meet with a time of 1:13.14.

Among Jensen, several swimmers had a great weekend. The high point award was given to the top eight swimmers in each age group that scored the most points in their individual events. Wellington had seven swimmers given this award! That is almost equivalent to one-sixth of our swimmers that travelled to the finals. Those swimmers were: 

Wellington Heat advances to semifinals after Monday night win

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat defeated the Park City Rangers 17-7 Monday night in the first round of the NBC Midwest Regional Kansas Collegiate Tournament.

Wellington will battle the Valley Center Mud Daubers at 7 p.m. tonight.

Wellington Heat embark on post season by hosting Kansas Collegiate Tournament starting tonight

The Wellington pitching staff from left: Sean Cruz, Kyle Vail, Ryan Kakora, James McDonald, Jacob Hudson, Mitchell Langer, Brett Clark and Bobby Milacki. Kaden Twyman is pictured in front.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Heat has had an exceptional season in its first year of Kansas Collegiate Summer Baseball League. Now comes the season defining post season.

Tonight, the Wellington Heat will start their post season journey with the six team Kansas Collegiate League Tournament at Sellers Park. The Heat, which finished the season at 35-5 overall and 28-4 overall, is the top seed in the sanctioned NBC Regional, and is a heavy favorite to win it.

Heat will be battling the winners of the Clearwater Outlaws and the Park City Rangers in a double elimination tournament that will run three days and perhaps Thursday. Other teams in the tournament are: the Kansas Cannons, Valley Center Mud Daubers and the Wichita Marlins. The tournament started earlier today.

Wellington Heat jumped from the Jayhawk Baseball League into the Kansas Collegiate this summer. There were a myriad of reasons for the switch, but primarily it was due to the rising costs of travel. Instead of making huge expensive-laden trips to Hays and Liberal, the Heat have spent the summer playing teams that didn’t require a hotel room.

The Heat have dominated the league this season, and has done so with great pitching.

“The pitching staff has given up like 60-70 runs in the league,” said Rick Twyman, Wellington Heat owner and coach. “We have hit over 200.”

71-year-old Oklahoma man gets his first hole-in-one in Wellington

Gerry Ingram of Braman, Okla.

Sumner Newscow report — You are never too old to get your first hole in one.

Gerry Ingram, a 70 years old, from Braman, Okla. made his first hole in one on July 1, 2017 at the Wellington Golf Club. He made the ace on Hole #6 of 138 yards using a club driver.

Witnesses included: Lonnie Ingram, Brad Ingram, Sean Ingram and Ted Barlow.

Wellington Sailfish secure times at Valley Center before embarking on League Finals

Chance Hamel at the Wellington-Valley Center dual Tuesday.

by Allison McCue, Sumner Newscow — The last dual meet of the season took place last night as the team travelled north to take on the Valley Center Purple Wave. This is the last meet, excluding League Finals, that the swimmers had the chance to make their district and championship times.

League finals are set for this Friday and Saturday in El Dorado.

If the swimmers get a time under the implemented time standard by Missouri Valley they will have the opportunity to travel to Wichita next week to compete in a meet against the best swimmers in the conference that also qualified. From there, if the swimmers have championship times, they will head to Columbia, Missouri to compete in the championships. As of now, Jensen Lynnes is a Sailfish with championship times, she has worked vigorously and consistently to obtain her spot has one of the best 11-12 swimmers in the league.

With district and championship times aside, acknowledgement to the time cuts definitely needs to be made. The sailfish had an abundance of time cuts and personal bests last night, even so that the coaches ran out of time tokens to hand out in a few of the races. There is no better way to end the regular season than with personal bests.

Wellington to host Senior Babe Ruth tournament starting Thursday; 9, 10 and 15 year olds go elsewhere

Walnut Ark Valley League Senior Babe Ruth team. (Photo IDs below).

Wellington Senior Babe Ruth team.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 16-18 year-old Senior State Babe Ruth Tournament will be held at Sellers Park. The event begins on Thursday and will run through Sunday with bracket play.

Two Wellington based teams will be in the tournament. There is the Walnut Ark Valley and the Wellington Senior Babe Ruth teams. Six other teams in the tournament includes: Parsons, Liberal, Independence, Cottonwood Valley, Junction City and Abilene. The tournament will consist of a round-robin format that guarantees three games. The bracket championship is on Sunday. Brackets of this tournament can be found here. The two Wellington team schedule is below.

Elsewhere, there are currently a Wellington 9-year-old team; a 10-year-old team; and a 13-15 year old team playing in various state tournaments.

The update of district games, and the state schedule for each team are as follows:

Cal Ripken baseball


Wellington Golf Association crowns match play champions in Harrison, Stocking and Gleason

By Bobby Wilson, Sumner Newscow — Derek Harrison, Brad Stocking and Trampas Gleason were the three winners of the Wellington Match Play tournament this weekend. The Wellington Men’s Golf Association held their annual tournament at the Wellington Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event was treated to cooler temperatures but the play was on fire. The event hosted 46 members who competed in three flights. Harrison was the Championship winner, while Stocking won the A Flight and Gleason the B Flight.

Championship Flight

The Championship Flight had some fierce competition that would take extra holes in two matches to decide a victor and the eventual Champion. On Saturday Charlie Ballard and Ty Wilson were all square after eighteen holes. Ballard the seasoned veteran would beat the local Senior Crusader golfer on the first playoff hole by making a birdie to advance.

14-year-old Blake Saffell gets his first hole-in-one

Blake Saffell not only makes a hole-in-one, but he supports the Kansas City Royals.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Steve Saffell was on the Wellington High School state champion golf team in 1983.

He has accomplished a lot in the golf world. But he hasn’t done one thing: hit a hole in one.

But his 14-year-old son has. Blake Saffell hit a hole in one yesterday afternoon on the Wellington Golf Course.

Using a 9-iron, Blake would step up to the Hole #17 red tee box at 3:45 p.m., and hit a golfball.

The ball would sail in the air, bounce onto the green and roll right into the hole – for his first ace of his life.

Wellington Swim Team sets sights on Winfield; battled Haysville last week

This week’s Wellington Sailfish swimmers of the week are: Back row to front row, L-R: Megan Wylie, Maizy Cornejo, Hank Shinliver, Mia Hawks, Sadie Camblin, Owen Camblin.

by Allison McCue, Sailfish head swimming coach — The Wellington Sailfish are busy preparing for their upcoming swim meet at Winfield. The battle begins this Tuesday night. The opening race starts at 6 p.m. so make yourself over to Winfield if you wish to see some exciting swim action.

Last week, the Sailfish continued their journey to League Finals as they took on a power house team, the Haysville Piranhas. Tripling the size of Wellington, a fair match wasn’t exactly in the forecast last Tuesday. Several heats consisted solely of Haysville swimmers, which eventually gave them a lead over the Sailfish.

Putting scores aside, some very exciting things happened at the meet. For the the first time the 8 and under age group had the chance to compete in relays. There is something to be said about the bustling atmosphere when the youngest swimmers are in the water. Everything from shouts of encouragement to awes and goo’s are fairly easily made out.

The 8 and under age group had stellar results. The boys relay consisting of: Owen Camblin, Kenneth Dockery, Easton Lynnes and Noah McComb placed first in their 200-meter freestyle relay, while the 8 and under girls claimed second place in the lady’s division. The swimmers in this relay included: Emmalee Burden, Sophie Cornejo, Kinley Gregory and Kirstyn Gregory They were over the moon to receive blue and red ribbons at practice on Wednesday morning.

Our swimmers of the week included:

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